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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Talks Fixture Release Day

City will face Sunderland...

23 June 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking forward to, what he calls, an exciting start to the season.

He will take his side to the Stadium of Light to face newly-promoted Sunderland on the opening day of the season, a fixture which will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Despite the excitement of the fixtures being revealed, Robins was under no illusion the challenge his side will face when they take on the Black Cats come July 31st.

“We’ve got a difficult trip to start with against Sunderland, but it’s one that will excite everyone I’m sure and it’s a brilliant game to start with.

“Then we play Rotherham and Millwall and Wigan, which means we play the three promoted teams in the first four games which is interesting.

“You look at the Christmas period and we’ve got Sheffield United away on Boxing Day and we’ve got Middlesbrough away on the final day, which is unusual to start and end away from home, but they are concertinaed in a lot more than we usually have.

“The fact we’ve got 21 games until the break in November that’s significant as well and that’s not including the carabao cup games.

“Everyone will have challenges between the fixtures, but just to look at it, It could’ve been worse, but it could’ve been better.”

When asked what he expects from the season, Robins was just looking to build on last season and focus on preparing his side in pre-season.

“We have to be in there fighting to keep building to have a shot and who knows when that may be, you can’t judge that by looking at a piece of paper with the fixtures on.

“You have to see how we’re shaping up and we will be doing some hard work in pre-season to make sure that were better than we was last year.”

Attentions also turned to the transfer market and whether there could be anymore business before the start of the season.

“We’re trying to do deals still, there’s lots of plates spinning at the moment.” Robins said.

“We missed out on Jake Clarke-Salter which was disappointing, but it is what it is. There are other players we're trying to pursue and we have specific targets and that may change but we’ve got the positions we need to fill.

“I need to carry a slightly smaller squad, but I want more quality where ever I can do and we need to bridge that gap to get higher up the table than we did last year.”

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